“All good stories deserve embellishment.” With the recent re-release of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy on 4K UHD, we thought it would be an appropriate time to revisit these three very divisive films and see if they hold up better in reality than they did in our minds. The resulting conversation jumps all over the place as we cover such topics as CG vs. practical effects, differences from the book, fantasy genre conventions, fan service and pandering, the nature of the hot dwarf gene and whether you can see the seams at a higher frame rate. Do the extended editions actually improve any of these films? Why does Thorin really need that Arkenstone? Would you kiss a dead body? Most importantly, can any of these movies be considered Christmas movies? Don’t let dragon sickness seep into your heart… download this month’s premium podcast below and keep the darkness at bay.
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